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Oil Mediums

Oil Painting Mediums

Mediums for oil paints are made from mixtures of separate products with which an artist plays to develop his/her own recipe. For example, a traditional medium mixture is one part Damar varnish, one part stand oil, five parts turpentine and few drops cobalt or japan drier. Mediums may also be bought in pre-made mixtures for convenience. Commercially made mediums can vary as much as home-spun recipes. Whether homemade or store-bought, mediums can be placed in a lidded glass jar and reused for many painting sessions.

As you experiment with mediums, keep in mind these guidelines:
  • Use the minimum amount of medium to serve a particular purpose. Conservators seem to be in agreement that oil paintings done with straight paint (no mediums except a little thinner) form the strongest, most permanent films
  • When using gobs of oil-containing gel mediums to build up texture, there is significant danger of yellowing
  • Yellowing is sometimes rapid and pronounced when a painting is left in darkness; the yellowing will gradually lighten as the painting is exposed to normal daylight
  • Mediums containing copal varnish are likely to darken significantly
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  1. Artisan Fast Drying Medium 250ml

    Artisan Fast Drying Medium 250ml

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    Regular Price: $19.79

    Plaza Price: $12.86

  2. Artisan Linseed Oil 250ml

    Artisan Linseed Oil 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.79

    Plaza Price: $12.86

  3. Artisan Painting Medium 250ml

    Artisan Painting Medium 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.79

    Plaza Price: $12.86

  4. Artisan Stand Oil 250ml

    Artisan Stand Oil 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.79

    Plaza Price: $12.86

  5. Artists' Painting Medium 250ml

    Artists' Painting Medium 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $24.99

    Plaza Price: $16.24

  6. Cold-Pressed Linseed Oil 250ml

    Cold-Pressed Linseed Oil 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $58.29

    Plaza Price: $37.89

  7. Linseed Stand Oil 250ml

    Linseed Stand Oil 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $26.39

    Plaza Price: $17.15

  8. Liquin Fine Detail 250ml

    Liquin Fine Detail 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.79

    Plaza Price: $12.86

  9. Liquin Light Gel 250ml

    Liquin Light Gel 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.79

    Plaza Price: $12.86

  10. Liquin Original 250ml

    Liquin Original 250ml

    Price:

    Regular Price: $19.79

    Plaza Price: $12.86

  11. Refined Linseed Oil 250ml

    Refined Linseed Oil 250ml

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    Regular Price: $14.99

    Plaza Price: $9.74

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